Written by Donna Harris
Sunday’s meeting is to be held in the East of Devon at Stafford Cross, where the Axe Vale stage their day on April 28th. Pony racing heads up the action at 12 noon, followed by the seven race card, with a start time of 1.30pm. Nearly 70 entries have been received. The Lee Clifford Engineering-sponsored Mixed Open has attracted some good horses in dual Wadebridge winner The Last But One (Tom Malone), previous hat-trick winner here Minella Fifty (Claire Hitch), Fly West (Ed Walker) won here last season and has gone close in his recent outings, also another previous course winner here Tom Barton (Sally Alner).
The Beviss & Beckinsale-sponsored Members race heads up the action in which Jo Supple could be back in the saddle riding the prolific winning Master Baker. Jo sustained an unseat and injury at Cotley on Merchant House. Her previous wins on Master Baker include two Hunter Chase wins this season at Newbury and Taunton. Merchant House won the Point-to-Point Bumper at Exeter two weeks ago, then ridden by Millie Wonnacott who could get the leg up again here.
Tuff Nano having won at Charlton Horethorn and Kilworthy, will figure high in the betting in the J & FJ Baker-sponsored Confined race with the booking of jockey Will Biddick, for trainer Teresa Clark. Kernal Victor (Ed Walker) could bypass the Eggesford meeting and challenge here to add to his eight length win at Cherrybrook last month.
Oxford trainer Alan Hill could make the journey down with his entry Captiva Island who has progressed quickly this season having won at Cottenham on good to firm, and could take the Martin Diplock Estate Agents-sponsored Intermediate race. Manofmanywords for the Camilla Scott team could be the challenger here and add to his restricted win at Cothelstone.
Sally Alner’s Apple’s Queen won at this track previously, and could go well in the Lentells Accountants-sponsored Novice riders race for Liam Harrison. The combination won at Badbury Rings earlier this month coming home eight lengths ahead of De Boitron.
Trainer Gerry Supple will be hoping that Skin Flint could repeat his form when winning at Great Trethew, if finding the going to his liking in the Hammett Financial-sponsored Restricted race. Journey Juice for the Ed Walker team could be amongst the opposition and improve on runner-up at Cotley when coming home three lengths behind Missyladie.
Finally up is the Scott Rowe Solicitors Open maiden race for four,five,six and seven year-olds in which A Tipple Or Two will be well backed on her previous form when second at Cothelstone for the Caroline Keevil team. Businessman also catches the eye as a new recruit to the Les Jefford team, as an ex Irish import with place form and the yard in winning form.
This flat track will see some fast times and thrilling finishes. There will be a beer tent, bookies, hot and cold refreshments, food along with trade stands offering a fun family day out. Entrance is £10 per person with children under 16 free. Dogs are welcome on leads. The course at Stafford Cross is located near Seaton off A3052 20mins from M5 junction 30. EX24 6HZ.
Met Office 5 day forecast: Beer Youth Hostel (1.3 miles)
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